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The Rangers and Mika ZIbanejad have avoided arbitration, which was set for later today, and agreed to terms on a five-year deal. The contract will pay Zibanejad $5.35 million per season, which is where we had him pegged two months ago.

Zibanejad lost a bit of leverage when he broke his leg earlier this season, which certainly brought the cost down a bit. That said, this is a fair deal for both sides. Zibanejad gets paid and gets security. The Rangers get a young 1C with tremendous upside at what could be a bargain price down the road.

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Jul
17

Rangers sign goalie Alex Georgiev

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The Rangers have signed free agent Russian goalie Alex Georgiev, per Cap Friendly. While he was born in Russia, Georgiev didn’t play in the KHL. He played in the Finnish league (SM-liiga), posting a .923 SV% last season, his first full season as the starter. The 21-year-old will likely play in Hartford, who needs a goalie after the departure of Magnus Hellberg.

The contract is a standard three-year ELC, worth $792,500 per season. Josh was pretty jazzed about this signing, so sounds like another good one.

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filip chytil

The signing of the Rangers’ first round picks this year is complete. The Rangers inked 21st overall pick Filip Chytil to a three year entry level deal, likely similar in payment/bonuses to the deal signed by Lias Andersson the other day.

Chytil has a little bit of time before he hits the NHL, but this is a step in the right direction for a Rangers club that looks to get quicker and more skilled. Unlike Andersson, he doesn’t really have an outside chance of cracking the roster this year.

But hey, I’ve been wrong before.

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lias andersson

The “Lias Andersson may make the club out of camp” train just got a big push. The Rangers inked the 7th overall pick this year to a three year entry level deal. It’s expected that it will be around $925,000 salary with bonuses.

The Rangers have a pretty big hole at center that they have yet to fill. The trade market has some options, but the free agent market is completely bare. Andersson would certainly fill that hole, but if that’s the case, it forces Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Hayes into the 1C and 2C roles, respectively.

All eyes are going to be on the kid. No pressure.

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The Rangers and RFA Jesper Fast have agreed to terms on a three year contract extension worth $1.85 million per season. Fast has been one of the most versatile Rangers in recent memory, sliding up and down the lineup with relative ease.

The former 6th round pick will remain a Ranger through his age-28 season. The deal is certainly a little more than I had expected, but it’s worth it to keep Fast here. He’s one of those guys that does the little things very well.

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Jul
01

Rangers sign Paul Carey and Cole Schneider

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This is a little late, but in addition to landing Kevin Shattenkirk and Ondrej Pavelec, the Rangers signed a pair of free agent forwards for Hartford. Paul Carey and Cole Schneider both inked for $650,000, with Carey signing for two years and Schneider for one. They are expected to be AHL depth.

Only Carey (32 games) has NHL experience.

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Jul
01

Rangers to sign Kevin Shattenkirk

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Update 2: He’s coming to NY. Four years, $6.65m per year. He left more money on the table from other teams. He wants to be here.

Update: A few folks are putting cold water on this. Stay tuned.

Per Kevin Weekes, the Rangers will be signing coveted free agent Kevin Shattenkirk to a four year deal worth $6.9 million per season. The move solidifies the Rangers top-four defense as one worthy of Stanley Cup contention.

The term is short and takes Shattenkirk to age-32, which is a big get for the Rangers. Shatty was rumored to be targeting six years. With all the extra cap space, I’ll take a short term cap hit that’s higher.

This is a solid deal for the Rangers that shouldn’t bite them in the long run. Shatty won’t be signed to a big deal into his mid or late thirties. Solid move by Gorton.

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ondrej pavelec

Per Bob McKenzie, the Rangers will sign goalie Ondrej Pavelec once the free agency period opens at noon. Pavelec was rumored to be coming to Rangers last night, and McKenzie confirmed it this morning. According to our goalie guru Justin, Pavelec is a solid talent but has inconsistent conditioning and technique. Per friend of the blog Tobias Pettersson, Pavelec’s stats actually aren’t that bad, and he’s a lot better than some other options out there.

Knowing Benoit Allaire, he can likely work with Pavelec to fix his technique. He’s a top goalie coach in the league, and turned Cam Talbot and Antti Raanta into starters with other clubs. If there is anyone who can resurrect Pavelec’s career to his talent level, it’s Allaire.

From past trends, I’d expect this to be a one-year deal. That’s usually what Jeff Gorton does with backups. It’s a one-year show-me deal, then a multi-year deal if it works out.

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brendan smith

The Rangers have re-signed defenseman Brendan Smith to a four-year extension. The deal is worth $17.4 million, which is $4.35 million per year. When I went through our process of gauging his contract last month, I came to five years and $4.1 million. So one less year and an extra $250k per year. I’m going to call that a correct guess by me. I’m 1-for-1. Woohoo.

Smith was by far the best RD for the Rangers during the postseason, and retaining him was critical for the success of the blue line going forward. As of today, Smith will likely land as Ryan McDonagh’s defense partner on the top pair. Suffice it to say, that’s a significant upgrade over Dan Girardi.

Signing Smith was an important step in the offseason process for the Rangers. They now have a legitimate top-four RD on their roster, and for a pretty fair price.

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derek stepan

A blockbuster in New York. The Rangers have sent Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to Arizona in exchange for 21 year old RHD Anthony DeAngelo and the #7 pick this draft. There was a lot of smoke around Arizona and the Rangers regarding Stepan, and this deal got done.

In DeAngelo, the Rangers got a great talent with some attitude issues. DeAngelo was suspended for abusing an official last season. But he is definitely a talented player. He’s not the 1RD the Rangers need, but he could grow into that role in the future, assuming he can get his head on right.

Raanta will likely be the starter in Arizona. But losing Stepan, without replacing him, will hurt. Drafted in 2008 in the second round, Stepan has been a career Ranger averaging at least 50 points consistently. He will be the sure-fire 1C in Arizona. The trade frees up $6.5 million for the Rangers as well.

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